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ThanksLiving Turkey Sponsorship

By sponsoring one of our rescued turkeys, you provide them with food, shelter, and medical care. This ThanksLiving season, thank you for choosing compassion. You can read more about the turkey you sponsored below!

Amy 

Amy was rescued from a factory farm with Sophie and Dani in 2015. These four girls were just three months old when they arrived at the Sanctuary and had already been cruelly de-beaked and de-toed without anesthetic—a routine practice in the industry. 

 Since arriving, Amy and the group have made friends with our other turkeys and enjoy napping outside in the sun together. Amy is still the shyest, but start stroking her feathers and she’ll fall asleep right next to you! 

 This sponsorship goes toward keeping Amy safe, healthy, and loved – so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for the other, less fortunate turkeys. 

Beatrice 

Our oldest turkey, Beatrice came from a commercial turkey farm, but was spared the usual fate when she was purchased live and given as a Thanksgiving gift. Unable to care for this rapidly-growing bird, she was passed to a local wildlife rehabber. In the weeks that this kind human cared for Beatrice, she followed her around everywhere and loved to be showered with attention. “It was like having another dog!” she said. The sanctuary was called, knowing that she should be with her kind, and we were thrilled to take Beatrice in. 

Since she arrived, staff and volunteers have been charmed by her friendly and affectionate nature. She loves to be around people and often sits to have her beautiful, white feathers stroked with her buddies Dani and Loren. 

This sponsorship goes toward keeping Beatrice safe, healthy, and loved—so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for other, less fortunate turkeys. 

 Dani 

Dani and her sisters were rescued in 2015 from a factory farm at just three months old. They are no longer bound to be some of the 46 million turkeys slaughtered every year for Thanksgiving. Like their brothers and sisters in the food industry, their toes have been cut off at the joint and they have been cruelly de-beaked, all without anesthetic. 

When Dani arrived, she was fearful, like her sisters. But they have broken out of their shells and love exploring their surroundings. Given her traumatic past, Dani’s ability to love and trust is remarkable. We are so grateful to enjoy her company every day while she lives happy and healthy with her pals Beatrice and Loren.

This sponsorship goes toward keeping Dani safe, healthy, and loved—so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for less fortunate turkeys. 

Dornell

Dornell lived in a tiny backyard in Brooklyn, NY, where her neck was tied to a post in the ground. Dornell had little food or water. The man was planning on killing Dornell for food. If nobody had stepped in, her life would have been short and miserable, deprived of even basic necessities. 

Luckily, a kind person stepped in to rescue Dornell and bring her to sanctuary. For the first time in her life, Dornell was given medical care. After an initial health check, we discovered that Dornell had a condition called “angel wing.” Because she was so malnourished for so long, the bones in Dornell’s wings started curling up at the ends. We were so sad to learn about just how neglected Dornell was, but thankful that she can spend the rest of her life getting all the care and love she needs. Dornell now spends her days wandering through her rolling pastures at Woodstock Sanctuary, surrounded by her family of turkeys and caregivers. Dornell recently moved in with Sophie, Amy, and Tomoko. They are already becoming close friends! 

Loren 

Loren is one of three turkeys who was being raised for slaughter for Thanksgiving of 2013. By some stroke of grace, Loren was lucky enough to keep her toes, unlike her sisters. A kind soul rescued them and brought them to Woodstock Sanctuary. Lauren is now at the Sanctuary in peace, living the happy life she deserves with her pals Dani and Beatrice 

Initially, Loren was very driven by her curiosity — always rushing up to any activity to find out what was going on. Over the next few months, she became more laid-back about sanctuary occurrences. Some days she is very inquisitive, wanting to check out everything that might be out of the ordinary. Other days she seems indifferent, focusing more on whatever snacks she can find on the grass. She reminds us that balance is important in life! 

This sponsorship goes toward keeping Loren safe, healthy, and loved—so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for less fortunate turkeys. 

Shirley

 Shirley and two other turkeys were being kept outside in a tiny backyard pen, suffering and without proper care. Poor Shirley hadn’t been eating and instead of taking her to the vet, the flock’s caretaker just ignored her and refused to get Shirley help. She was scared and helpless. But thankfully a kind person couldn’t stand seeing this neglect and stepped in. The person convinced Shirley’s caretaker to let her bring the girls to safety at Woodstock Sanctuary. 

Today, Shirley spends her days with her chicken friends. Yes, chickens! Little Shirley gets along well with birds of all species, including a Guinea Hen. The friendships this sweet, silly turkey has formed with her chicken friends are so special. 

We are so thankful that Shirley can spend her days roaming through the grass, giving herself dust baths, and making friends with her little family of birds. 

Sophie 

 Sophie was rescued in 2015 from a factory farm at just three months old. Like her brothers and sisters in the food industry, her toes have been cut off at the joint and she had been cruelly de-beaked, all without anesthetic. Luckily, she is no longer bound to be one of the 46 million turkeys slaughtered every year for Thanksgiving.  

 When Sophie arrived, she was fearful. But Sophie soon learned the similarities between herself and the rest of the flock, and warmed up to the concept of lifelong sanctuary. She spends her time with her buddies Amy, Dornell, and Tomoko.   

This sponsorship goes toward keeping Sophie safe, healthy, and loved—so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for less fortunate turkeys everywhere. 

Tiny   

 Tiny was kept with two other turkeys in a tiny backyard pen, suffering and without proper care. The flock’s caretaker refused to get any of the turkeys help, even when one of Tiny’s friends stopped eating entirely. 

Thankfully, a kind person couldn’t stand seeing this neglect and stepped in. The person convinced Tiny’s caretaker to let her bring all three girls to safety at Woodstock Sanctuary. After getting the immediate care she needed, Tiny has been doing great ever since! For a turkey named Tiny, her personality is as big as can be! Tiny loves to display her feathers to show off how gorgeous she is. But once Tiny gets to know someone, this sweet girl loves to cozy up to visitors and fall asleep. 

Tiny has even formed an unlikely friendship with Clyde the rooster! Even though these two buddies are from different species, they are so close. We have even seen Tiny do Clyde’s signature “Clyde shuffle” when she wants attention. 

Tomoko 

Like millions of others, Tomoko was being raised for slaughter for Thanksgiving 2013. Sadly, she has the typical scars from having been de-beaked and de-toed—routine practices in the industry. Thankfully for Tomoko, the horrors of that torture are becoming a distant memory since a kind soul rescued her and her sister Loren and brought them to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. 

Tomoko is named after a cherished and long-time dedicated volunteer. She is enjoying the good life and charming visitors with her unique personality. She is the sassiest of the bunch and will gladly approach and help herself to your snack! 

This sponsorship goes toward keeping Tomoko safe, healthy, and loved—so that she may continue to be a wonderful ambassador for less fortunate turkeys. 

In Memory of Alan and Oates   

Alan and Oates arrived at the sanctuary in November of 2018. They were slated for slaughter for Thanksgiving dinner until they were rescued and spared the fate of 46 million turkeys on this holiday. Like all turkeys in the food industry, they were extremely malnourished. Because the industry raises turkeys to not live past their first birthdays, we knew that they would show signs of abuse and neglect, though we had hoped they would recover.   

From the moment they arrived here at the sanctuary, they were shown love and the highest standard of care. They received physical therapy, specialized attention, medication, and Oates even lived with one of our caregivers for a short while, while we tried our best to get them healthy. Unfortunately, their health complications were too severe and they both passed away before their first birthdays. 

While here, they had some true moments of joy. They interacted with other turkeys, as well as Pogo the cat and Panther the rooster. They knew what it feels like to be loved. 

Both Alan and Oates were ambassadors for other turkeys like them, who will never make it to sanctuary. But with your help, the turkeys we rescue are able to receive the highest standard of care. Our dedicated caregiving team works tirelessly to help these special residents have the best possible lives. 

This memorial sponsorship goes towards making sure that our turkey residents have the individualized care they have always deserved, in honor of Alan and Oates.   

Thank you for showing turkeys the compassion they deserve!